Budapest / Munich – Defenders of the European title from Portugal drew 2: 2 in the replay of the European Championship final with France. Both teams advanced, Ronaldo called for 109 goals by Ali Daeí. The match in Munich ended with the same result. The local Germans went to the round of 16, the Hungarians said goodbye to the tournament.
The Portuguese and French advance after a 2: 2 draw, Ronaldo called Daeí
Football defenders of the European title from Portugal drew in the replay of the last final with France 2: 2 and secured with four points their progress to the eight finals of the European Championship from third place. On the contrary, the reigning world champions from France gained five points and won the basic group F. In the round of 16, France will face Switzerland, Portugal will face Belgium.
Three of the four goals fell from the penalty. Cristiano Ronaldo turned the opening one in the first half, then Karim Benzema answered the same option until the break. The same player then sent France into the lead after a break, but in the 60th minute, Ronaldo equalized again from the penalty. The star striker equaled the absolute international record of Ali Daeí with the 109th goal in the national team.
“I am satisfied with the performance of the team, the players showed a good mental attitude. Although we collected the second goal after the break, he managed to equalize. The result is fair and we managed to advance to the next stage. If we follow what is needed in defense and attack, we will a tough opponent for all, “the AFP agency quoted Portuguese coach Fernando Santos as saying.
“It was a battle and it wasn’t easy. We gave our opponents two goals after our mistakes, but we still tried to win. We stayed at the top of the table and in the best possible position until the round of 16. We have to take advantage of it and rest, the tournament is just beginning.” said French coach Didier Deschamps.
The charges of the Portuguese coach Santos, who got to the first chance after six minutes of the game, started better in the match. However, Ronald’s header was caught by goalkeeper Lloris. The French then countered the escape of Mbappé, but the goalkeeper Patricio caught it for a change.
Both teams then continued to play cautiously and wait for the opponent’s mistake. The ball came in the 28th minute, when Lloris boxed with a fist in the face of the head, Danila, and the referee ordered a penalty kick. The shaken Danil was then treated by doctors on the field for a few minutes. Ronaldo then took the penalty and sent the Portuguese into the lead with a counter-movement. With the fourth goal, he got into the lead in the table of shooters of the tournament and at the same time it was his record 20th shot at the top event.
When it seemed that the Portuguese would go to the cabins with a one-goal lead, he fell after a duel with Semed in the penalty area Mbappé and judge Mateu Lahoz ordered, to the displeasure of the reigning European champions, a penalty for France as well. He equaled Benzema for a change and scored his first national team goal since October 2015.
In addition, it was even worse for the Portuguese after the break. Not only did the shaken Danilo not enter the second half, but after two minutes of play he also ran for Benzem’s defense and with a precise shot he completed a turn in the match. He thus became the third Frenchman after Thierry Henry and Zinedin Zidan, who scored two goals in one match at the World Cup and the European Championships.
“I never doubted myself, but I know that a lot is expected of me in the national team. I managed to score and I will enjoy this feeling,” said Benzema.
However, the defender of the European title continued to pull Ronaldo. His header was not aimed at the net a while later, but after an hour of play, the star of Juventus Turin hit Kounde’s hand in the penalty area and the referee ordered the third penalty kick in the match. Ronaldo did not hesitate from him this time either, and with the 109th goal in the national team he equaled the absolute international record of Ali Daeí.
The French did not want to settle for a draw and threw themselves into the attack again, but Pogby pulled the shot well out of Patricio and the experienced goalkeeper then managed Griezmann’s next attempt. In the final draw, which is only the third of 28 matches in the history of the match between the two teams, the fall of Coman at the set time after the duel with Fernandes did not change anything. Referee Mateu Lahoz did not whistle for a fourth penalty. The Portuguese thus advanced to the elimination phase even with their eighth participation in the Euro.
“Even though we now have a strong Belgium, we will do everything we can to succeed against it. We want to make all our fans happy,” Patricio promised.
Germany drew with the Hungarians and advanced with luck
At the European Championships in the final match of Group F, Germany’s footballers only drew 2: 2 in Munich with Hungary, but still advanced to the elimination phase. They will face England in the round of 16, and the visiting team said goodbye to the tournament.
The Germans lost twice with the group’s outsider and struggled to advance. The guests took the lead 11 minutes into the match, coming in from the right hand side for Ádám Szalai. In less than two minutes, András Schäfer returned the Hungarians to an unexpected lead, but in the 84th minute Leon Goretzka saved the favorite.
The Germans, whose coach Joachim Löw will finish on the bench after the Euro, closed the group with four points and placed second in front of the Portuguese thanks to a better mutual balance. After an unexpected draw in Budapest with the French, the Hungarians took another big favorite points, but it was not enough for them to participate in the elimination phase and they did not follow the progress from the group from the last Euro.
“I’m having a hard time looking for words. We played a good match. The Germans dominated, but we scored two goals. We were unlucky, it’s a very bitter end of the tournament,” said Hungarian goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi.
“We made mistakes, but we fought and showed character. The main thing is that we advanced. That was our goal. Now England is waiting for us and we are looking forward to it. We will be a completely different team than today, I can promise you that,” said Löw. .
Although the Germans held the balloon more and dominated the entire first half, the Hungarians surprisingly took the lead. After 11 minutes, Ádám Szalai came on for Sallai. The Germans collected the fastest goal on the Euro since 2000.
Coach Löw’s charges then had several chances to equalize. With 21 minutes played, the visitors broke through on the right after some poor defending. Subsequently, Ginter hit only goalkeeper Gulácsi.
Even after the break, the Germans did not manage to overcome the Hungarian defense. Sallai could have put his team up another goal 63 minutes into the game, after a rush down the left, but his closing shot hit the post.
In the 66th minute he leveled the favorite. Teh keeper Gulásci saved a direct kick in the air, and Havertz knocked the ball close to the net. In 91 seconds, however, the Hungarians took back the sensational lead. Ádám Szalai knocked the ball to Schäfer, who headed the ball into the net in front of the running goalkeeper Neuer.
The Germans were not far from sensationally dropped out. In the 80th minute, Kroos narrowly missed the distant rod and the embarrassment was averted only four minutes later by the alternating Goretzka, who sent the ball into the net after several bounces.
Munich: Germany – Hungary 2: 2 (0: 1)
Goals: 66. Havertz, 84. Goretzka – 11. Ádám Szalai, 68. Schäfer. Judges: Karasev – Demeško, Gavrilin (all Russians) – Irrati (video, It.). ŽK: Gündogan, Sané – Botka, Ádám Szalai, Fiola. Attendance: 12,413 (limited number).
Německo: Neuer – Ginter (82nd Volland), Hummels, Rüdiger – Kimmich, Gündogan (58th Goretzka), Kroos, Gosens (82nd Musiala) – Havertz (67th Werner), Sané – Gnabry (68th Müller). Trenér: Low.
Maďarsko: Gulácsi – Négo, Botka, Orbán, Attila Szalai, Fiola (88. Nicolics) – Kleinheisler (88. Lovrencsics), Nagy, Schäfer – Ádám Szalai (82. Varga), Sallai (75. Schön). Trainer: Rossi.
Budapest: Portugal – France 2: 2 (1: 1)
Goals: 31st, 60th both from the pen. Ronaldo – 45. + 2 z pen., 47. Benzema. Judges: Mateu Lahoz – Cebrián Devís, Del Palomar – Hernández (video, all Šp.). ŽK: Lloris, Hernández, Griezmann, Kimpembe (all Fr.) Attendance: 54,886.
Portugalsko: Patrício – Semedo (79. Dalot), Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro – Moutinho (73. Neves), Danilo (46. Palhinha), Sanches (88. Oliveira) – B. Silva (72. Fernandes), Ronaldo, Jota . Trenér: Saints.
France: Lloris – Koundé, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernández (46. Digne, 52. Rabiot) – Pogba, Kanté – Tolisso (66. Coman), Griezmann (87. Sissoko), Mbappé – Benzema. Coach: Deschamps.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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